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6 Tips for surviving a trip around the world as a couple

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A world tour

We took a 3-month world trip as a couple a month ago. Traveling for such a long time as a couple is not obvious. You only get to know each other well when you spend day in and day out with each other. That’s why we offer 6 tips for surviving a trip around the world as a couple.

1 Rules

Taking a trip around the world with your loved one brings you closer together, but it can also sometimes cause annoyances. Therefore, before you leave, agree on a few rules with each other. This can range from “When I’m tired, leave me alone for a while” or “We try to get up and go to sleep at about the same time every day. But it can also be trivial, unspoken issues that you need to bring up for a moment. This is to avoid (minor) annoyances while traveling.

2 Break

Pause is an important second point to surviving a world trip together. Not only is it important to take breaks between all the sightseeing, but also breaks in your relationship or at least in being together continuously. After all, when you’re at home, you’re not together 24/7 either. You go to work or to school, or you meet up with friends… And just because you can’t always see each other in everyday life, your relationship remains fun and exciting. While traveling, you can also maintain this. Therefore, also schedule a few break moments per day (or per week) so that you are apart for a while. This could include spending an hour in separate rooms, or even going on an outing alone.

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Sigrid en Bryan in Mexico

3 Me-time

Not only is taking a break important, but me-time is sometimes necessary. Taking an afternoon (or a whole day) to spend time doing what you love is indispensable if you are going to travel for a long time. Go out on your own. Without a doubt, there are things you would rather do alone than together. Or things that your partner absolutely does not like to do and you do. Do these things once a week and it will give you breathing room. And you don’t have to deal with each other for a while. And afterwards, you once have so much to say to each other. Fine, right?

4 Contacts

If, like us, you are a couple taking a trip around the world , be sure to keep in touch with the home front. It is so important to call (often!) family or friends you are close with. You can tell your story and it’s good to hear another familiar voice. Communicating with your lover all the time can become monotonous after a while. You should try to avoid that. And when you are experiencing everything together, you still want to tell your adventures and that is why calling a good friend or family member is a good idea! Allow each other some quality time on the phone with friends.

5 Tolerance

Living together, making decisions together, going out together, eating together, relaxing together… These are events that can cause you to disagree with each other. And that’s quite normal. The most important thing is to be able and allowed to talk about this openly. Allow your partner to vent their feelings for a while and let your partner speak about what they are annoyed about. Don’t take everything personally and be tolerant.

6 Arguing

When you travel for a long time, it is quite normal to argue every now and then. It is even normal to argue more often than at home. It’s usually little annoyances that come up from being together for so long that lead to an argument. So you can avoid quarrels a lot by inserting some more me-time and breaks, but never quarreling is inevitable. As long as these fights don’t last, everything is fine. So try to resolve an argument as quickly as possible by talking to each other and being tolerant. After all, you have to make up for it quickly, otherwise your onward journey will be of no use. Let stubbornness give way to tolerance. Nobody is perfect and when you travel you get to know each other completely. The pluses, but also the downsides.

Are you going on a world trip as a couple?

Do you have plans to travel the world as a couple? What is holding you back or what are you most looking forward to? Let these 6 tips be a source of inspiration to start this adventure together even better prepared!